There’s an old saying – ‘first impressions last’ – and nothing could be truer when it comes to presenting your property for sale. That means a tidy and presentable interior and exterior, as many people will drive by before deciding whether to inspect it on open days.

Clean and bright: This is not the time for dirt, dust or grime. Bathrooms and kitchens are especially important. Ensure that windows are clean inside and out – it’s surprising how much difference it makes to the light, also remember to clean any appliances that are not working repaired or replaced.

Your property is usually just one in a very long list of properties a buyer will see, so it’s crucial that they see it in the best possible light. The more desirable your property appears, the better your sale price is likely to be. Also never underestimate the power of emotion. “It just felt right.”

Street appeal: Make sure the front of your property looks appealing and inviting with a weed-free garden and some attractive pot plants.

“Dress” your property: A hint of coloured accessories does wonders for any room. Buy some cheap cushions and new linen that will also give your home a lift.

Cut the clutter: You want the prospective buyer to be able to imagine their own belongings in the property, so de-clutter to keep things tidy. Less clutter will also help make rooms appear larger. Think mail, dishes, shoes, shampoos etc. De-personalize: Pack up personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artefacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted.

Fix it: From leaking taps to a broken bulb, make sure the minor repairs are taken care of. A lick of paint will freshen scuffs and scrapes in the woodwork. Bathroom Basic maintenance work will help to ensure buyers don’t find any faults.

Freshen up: Get rid of smoke or pet odours. Open the windows, turn on all the lights and light a candle. Fresh flowers are cheap and cheerful.

Pets: Always clean and tidy up after your pets and take them out of the property during open times.